Microsoft set to release a record breaking Patch Tuesday

Microsoft announced today that it will be releasing a mega ‘Patch Tuesday', where they will fix security holes and vulnerabilities in their software.

The record breaking update will deliver 14 security bulletins, fixing a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. Microsoft hasn't addressed this many vulnerabilities in a single month since June 2010, but only released 10 bulletins.

Out of the 14 bulletins, 8 were labeled as “Critical,” Microsoft's highest severity level, the other 6 patches were labeled as “Important,” the next level down from Critical.  The patches will address remote code executions (RCE) and elevation of privileges.

The patches will fix security holes in the following operating systems and software:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 & 3 *
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 & 2
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 & 2008
  • Open XML File Format Converter for Mac
  • Microsoft Office Word Viewer
  • Microsoft Office compatibility pack for Word, Excel & PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Works 9
  • Microsoft Silverlight 2 & 3

* = Windows XP Service Pack 2 will only received limited updates.

These patches are expected to roll out on Tuesday August 10, 2010, and may require a restart.

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